January 15, 2016

I am convinced that from the twofold commitment to evangelization and to human promotion, of which children must also be made aware, will surely blossom new vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, because, as I said in the Encyclical, Redemptoris missio, “faith is strengthened when it is given to others”. Therefore the promotion of and concern for missionary vocations is still both urgent and necessary. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1993)

January 14, 2016

The family is missionary first of all by means of prayer and sacrifice. Like all Christian prayer, family prayer must also include the missionary dimension and in this way be efficacious for evangelization. This is why missionaries, according to Gospel logic, are aware of the need to ask constantly for prayers and sacrifices as a valuable support for their evangelizing work. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1994)

January 13, 2016

The family shares in the Church's life and mission in a threefold evangelizing activity: within itself, within the community to which it belongs and within the universal Church. In fact the sacrament of matrimony “makes Christian married couples and parents witnesses of Christ to the ends of the earth', missionaries, in the true and proper sense, of love and life” (Familiaris consortio, n. 54). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1994)

January 12, 2016

How can we fail to see in all this the work of divine Providence, who guides humanity and history towards more dignified conditions of life for all people? Therefore we cannot be pessimistic. Faith in God stirs us, on the contrary, to optimism, that optimism which springs from the evangelical message: “If we look at today’s world, we are struck by many negative factors that can lead to pessimism. But this feeling is unjustified: we have faith in God…God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity, and we already see its first signs” (RM 86). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1998)

January 11, 2016

Today Christ asks the baptized: “Are you my witnesses?” And each one is invited to question himself sincerely: “Do I offer the world the witness the Lord asks of me? Do I live a strong, serene and joyful faith, or do I portray the image of a Christian life that is flagging, marred by compromises and easy conformity?” (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1996)

January 10, 2016

To sit at the feet of the Master (cfr Lk 10,39), is without a doubt the beginning of all authentic apostolic activity. But if this is the point of departure, there follows then a long journey with its obligatory stages of sacrifice and the cross. To encounter the living Christ means also to meet the Christ who thirsts, Christ nailed to the Cross who down through the centuries cries out his ardent “thirst” to save souls (cfr Jn 19,28). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1997)

January 9, 2016

In the knowledge that we are called to carry the news of salvation to a world dominated by sin and by the Evil One, Christians are encouraged to entrust themselves to God, and to ask him that the victory over the Prince of this world (cfr Jn 14,30), won, once and for all, by Christ, may become a daily experience of their life. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1999)

January 8, 2016

Certainly, not everyone is called to set out on mission: “we are missionaries above all because of what we are...even before we become missionaries in word or deed.” (RM 23). It is not important “where” but “how”. We can be authentic apostles, in a most fruitful way, even at home, at work, in a hospital bed, in a convent cloister…what counts is that the heart burn with that divine charity which -alone- is able to transform into light, fire and new life for the whole of the Mystical Body and to the ends of the earth, not only physical and moral sufferings, but also our daily fatigue. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1997)

January 7, 2016

I wish to invite believers throughout the world, particularly parents, educators, catechists and consecrated persons, to give special attention to the missionary formation of children, convinced that children's education to a spirit of mission begins at a very tender age. Children, suitably guided by their family, school and parish, can become missionaries to their peers, and not only to them. With candid innocence and generous availability, they can attract their little friends to the faith and also foster among adults a longing for a faith more ardent and joyful. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1993)

January 6, 2016

“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has descended upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Welcoming with joy the call to co-operate in the mission of salvation, every Christian knows he can count on the presence of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. This certainty gives vigor to his Gospel service and leads him to be bold and full of hope despite difficulties, danger, indifference and failures. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1995)

January 5, 2016

“Mission is an issue of faith, an accurate indicator of our faith in Christ and his love for us” (RM). Faith and mission go hand in hand: the stronger and deeper the faith, the more we will feel the need to communicate, share and witness to it. If, on the contrary, it weakens, missionary ardor wanes and the ability to witness loses its vigor. This has always been the case in the Church's history: a loss of vitality in the missionary impulse has always been the symptom of a faith crisis. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1996)

January 4, 2016

Seeing the many people who, although loved by the Father (cfr RM 3), have not yet been reached by the Good News of salvation, Christians cannot fail to avert in their hearts the urgency which shook the apostle Paul, causing him to cry out “woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Cor 9,16). To a certain degree, in fact, each of us is personally responsible, before God, for those millions of people who are “without faith”. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1997)

January 3, 2016

In this work the Christian is not alone. It is true that there is no proportion between human strength and the grandeur of missionary activity. The most common and authentic experience is to feel unworthy of such a task. But it is also true that “our strength comes from God who has made us ministers of a New Covenant” (2 Cor 3: 5b-6a). The Lord never abandons those whom he calls into his service. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2000)

January 2, 2016

The mission of salvation is universal; for every person and for the whole person. It is a task which involves the entire People of God, all the faithful. Mission must therefore be the passion of every Christian; a passion for the salvation of the world and ardent commitment to work for the coming of the Father’s kingdom. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1999)

January 1, 2016

All Christians, thanks to the “anointing” received in baptism and in Confirmation, can, indeed, should apply the Lord's words to themselves, believing firmly that the Spirit “is” also upon them and sends them to proclaim the Good News, sustaining with His power every initiative of apostolate. An exemplary answer to the universal call to take responsibility for missionary activity was given in the past by Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus. The life and teaching of Theresa demonstrate the close bond between mission and contemplation. In fact there can be no mission without a life of intense prayer and communion with the Lord and his sacrifice on the Cross. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1997)

December 31, 2015

The identity of the Christian as witness is marked by the unavoidable and distinctive presence of the Cross. There can be no authentic witness without it. Indeed, the Cross is the necessary condition for all who have firmly decided to follow the Lord: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:23). All the witnesses of God and Christ, beginning with the Apostles, have known persecution because of him: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you” (Jn 15:20). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1996)

December 30, 2015

Gift of the Father to humanity and continuation of the mission of the Son, the Church knows she exists in order to carry the joyful news of the Gospel to the ends of the earth, until the close of the age (cf. Mt 28:19-20). The missionary mandate is therefore always valid and timely, and it commits Christians to be joyful witnesses to the Good News for those near and far, making available their energies, means and even their lives. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1995)

December 29, 2015

The courageous proclamation of the Gospel is especially entrusted to you, young people. In Manila I reminded you that the Lord “will make many demands on you. He will require the fullest commitment of your whole being to the spreading of the Gospel and to the service of his People. But do not be afraid! His demands are also the measure of his love for each of you personally.” (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1995)

December 28, 2015

Incorporated into the Church by Baptism, every Christian is called to be a missionary and witness. This is the Lord's explicit mandate. The Holy Spirit sends every baptized person to proclaim and bear witness to Christ to all nations: a duty then and a privilege, since it is an invitation to co-operate with God for the salvation of each individual and all humanity. Indeed, we have been granted “this grace ... to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1996)

December 27, 2015

Faced with the terrible and numerous consequences of sin, it is the duty of believers to offer signs of forgiveness and love. Only if they have experienced in their own lives the love of God will they be able to turn to others with love which is generous and unconditioned. Forgiveness is one of the highest forms of divine charity, bestowed as a gift on those who ask for it with insistence. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1999)

December 26, 2015

The Spirit is present in the Church and he is the guide in mission to the nations. It is comforting to know that not we, but He is the principal agent of mission. This fills us with peace, joy, hope and courage. It is not the results that must concern the missionary, because they are in God’s hands: he or she must work with all his resources and let the Lord work in profundity. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1998)

December 25, 2015

No one, can invoke Jesus, believe in Him, unless they are told about him, unless they hear his name (cfr Rom 10,14-15). Hence the supreme command which the Master gave to his disciples before he returned to the Father: “Go...teach” (Mt 28,19); “Preach..., he who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk 16,16). Hence the task entrusted to the Church, sent to carry on his own mission, as a "universal sacrament" of salvation (LG 48) a “channel of the gift of grace” (EN 14), through time for the whole of humanity. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1997)

December 24, 2015

If we are truly docile to the action of the Spirit, we will succeed in reflecting and radiating to others the Mystery of love that dwells within us (cf. Jn 14:23). We are its witnesses. Witnesses of shining, integral faith, of active, patient and kindly charity (cf. 1 Cor 13:4), of service for the many forms of poverty experienced by contemporary man. Witnesses of the hope that does not disappoint and of the deep communion which reflects the life of God the Trinity, of obedience and the Cross: in short, witnesses of holiness, “people of the Beatitudes”, called to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect (cf. Mt 5:48). Such is the identity of the Christian witness: he is a “copy”, a “sign”, a “living radiance” of Jesus. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1996)

December 23, 2015

World Mission Sunday reminds us all of this duty and this “grace” of communicating to men not “merely human wisdom, a pseudo-science of well-being” (RM, 11), but the joyful experience of a “living presence” which must be apparent in every baptized person, stirring up in others as my venerable predecessor Paul VI pointed out “irresistible questions: Why are they like this? Why do they live in this way?” (EN, 21). Thus mission “means witness and a way of life that shines out to others” (RM, 26). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1996)

December 22, 2015

This has always been the case in the Church's history: a loss of vitality in the missionary impulse has always been the symptom of a faith crisis. Does this not happen because of a lack of deep conviction that “faith is strengthened when it is given to others”, that it is precisely by proclaiming and bearing witness to Christ that we find new enthusiasm and discover how to live a more evangelical life? We can say that mission is the surest “antidote” to a crisis of faith. Through missionary commitment, each member of the People of God invigorates his own identity, fully understanding that unless we are witnesses, we cannot be authentic Christians. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1996)

December 21, 2015

Who, in fact, is the Christian? A person whom Christ “has made his own” (Phil 3:12) and who therefore longs to make him known and loved everywhere, “to the end of the earth”. The faith spurs us to be missionaries, his witnesses. If this does not occur, it means that our faith is still incomplete, partial and immature. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1996)

December 20, 2015

Do not be afraid! Open the doors of your heart and you life to Christ! Let yourselves be involved in the mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God: for the Lord “was sent” (cfr Lk 4,43) and he handed on the same mission to his disciples of all times. God, who cannot be outdone in generosity, will reward you a hundred fold and will give you eternal life (cfr Mt 19 29). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1998)

December 19, 2015

A person who has experienced the joy of encountering Christ cannot keep it for himself; he must share it. We must answer the unvoiced call for the Gospel arising from all over the world, the same call that reached the Apostle Paul in his second journey:  “Come to Macedonia, and help us!” (Acts16: 9). Evangelization is “help” offered to man, since the Son of God became man to make possible for man what he alone could not attain. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2000)

December 18, 2015

Dear brothers and sisters, insofar as we support the Church's missionary activity, we are faithful to her missionary nature. St Paul charged Timothy “to proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient”(2 Tim 4: 2). Paul's message is now addressed to us. All can, indeed, all must be directly engaged in building up the Church and in helping her members grow and mature in the profession of their faith, for “missionary activity renews the Church, revitalizes faith and Christian identity and offers fresh enthusiasm and new incentive”. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1992)

December 17, 2015

The celebration of the Eucharist constitutes the central moment in which the missionary problem comes to light and stimulates a responsible sharing on the part of every baptized person, every Christian family and every Church institution. But we must not neglect other means and opportunities for mission animation. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1992)

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